FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/7/20)
ACORN TV: A Suitable Boy (Premiere)
NBC: Nurses (Premiere) at 10pm

Over-the-air broadcast television network Light TV, acquired by Allen Media Group from MGM in October, will transition to TheGrio.TV network on January 15, the start of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The rebranded broadcast network will feature African American-focused content reaching over 100 million US households. “The Grio – which means ‘storyteller’ in Africa – is the first platform to offer an online digital news destination, a free streaming app providing local news, weather, sports, traffic, and entertainment content geofenced to the user’s zip code, and an over-the-air broadcast television network,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “TheGrio.TV is especially important to me as it will both serve and uplift all viewers.” 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s getting “Shameless” about holiday gifting, offering the season premiere of the dramedy’s final season, along with the series premieres of “Your Honor,” starring Bryan Cranston, for free on streaming platforms. New subscribers who sign up for the premium cable net before January 11 will receive a 30-day free trial and lock in a lifetime price of $8.99 per month. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Video game company Activision Blizzard is suing Netflix for grabbing its CFO, Spencer Neumann, in late 2018. “Netflix unapologetically recruits talent without regard to its ethical and legal obligations,” alleges Activision in a suit files in LA Superior Court. It’s not Netflix’s first time at this rodeo – the streamer has also been accused of poaching talent from Fox and ViacomCBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix is also facing some backlash in the UK over “The Crown,” with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden asking for a disclaimer making its clear that the drama about the royal family is a work of fiction. “Our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events,” said the streamer. “As a result we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The board of trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan labeled a class action lawsuit filed last week “entirely without merit,” and said they will contest it. The lawsuit filed by 10 plaintiffs – including former SAG president Ed Asner – alleges benefit changes illegally discriminate based on age, with “draconian” measures taken in the midst of a pandemic. While Trustees estimate 3500 performers and 2800 of their dependents will lose benefits under the new plan, most of them will be eligible for coverage under Medicare or Obamacare, they say. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Television Academy has made changes to awards categories, including the merger of the Variety Talk and Variety Sketch Emmy categories for 2021. The two had been split in 2015. Limited Series and Anthology series have also been merged, and a new category has been created to honor stunt performers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET renewed “The Family Business” for a third season. “We are honored and forever grateful to BET/Viacom for this opportunity to employ and empower our stellar cast and crew during these unprecedented times,” said Nikaya D Brown Jones, executive producer and showrunner. “To be granted a Season 3 is a testament to the strength and tenacity of our entire ‘Family Business’ Team and our ability to uplift and entertain our audience in the midst of it all.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ ordered a docu-series from Box to Box Films and the World Surf League
 offering a behind-the-scenes look at the aspirations, failures and accomplishments of the world’s best surfers as they battle for the WSL Title. James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Giftshop,” “Amy”), Paul Martin (“Formula 1: Drive to Survive”), and Erik Logan (World Surf League) will executive produce on behalf of Box to Box Films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ava DuVernay is developing DC teen superhero drama “Naomi” for CW. DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television. Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”) is onboard to write and exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

How has shooting for ABC’s extreme decorating competition, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” been affected by COVID-19? Season eight, premiering Wednesday, December 9 at 8p, filmed in 2019 – but season nine was shot this fall, mid-pandemic, and it was a different experience. “’The Great Christmas Light Fight’ shoots at twenty-four different locations around the country, so we customized our COVID protocols to meet the show’s unique travel challenges…all while exceeding the entertainment industry’s ‘Safe Way Forward’ guidelines,” says Brady Connell, EP of The Great Christmas Light Fight. “In addition to strict testing, PPE, and closed-set zone procedures, we had crew drive from location to location in individual rental cars to uphold and maintain social distancing while traveling. We also had a full-time COVID-19 Compliance Officer embedded with each of our 4 traveling crews. One of our on-camera judges, Carter Oosterhouse, even traveled in an Airstream to limit exposure during the seven-week schedule.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ryan Michelle Bathe (“All Rise”) struck a first-look deal with ViacomCBS MTV Entertainment Group, to develop and executive produce programming with an emphasis on emerging talent and underrepresented voices.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adrianna Mitchell (“The Good Fight”) has joined season four of FX’s “Snowfall” in a recurring role…Also set for a recurring role is Gabriela Flores (“The Last Ship”), in CW’s “Walker.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV holiday special “White House Christmas 2020” premieres Sunday, December 13 at 6p, spotlighting this year’s décor theme, America the Beautiful. Narrated by Alison Victoria (“Windy City Rehab”), the special is also a retrospective on the last decade of holiday transformations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Six Degrees with Mike Rowe” premieres on Discovery+ with the Monday, January 4 launch of the streaming service. In the new series, the “Dirty Jobs” host links some of society’s taken-for-granted moments to their surprising origins, and connects them to the modern world of today. Also available at launch will be “Frozen in Time,” a home renovation series starring Maureen “Marcia” McCormick and interior designer Dan Vickery overhauling SoCal homes stuck in a time warp.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outrageous killers in the Sunshine State are examined in Oxygen’s “Florida Man Murders,” debuting with a two-night series premiere on Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10 at 7p. Also bowing next month on the true crime net: “Framed By the Killer” on Friday, January 15 at 9p; “One Deadly Mistake” at 9p on Saturday, January 16; and “Exhumed” on Sunday, January 17 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scary Mommy has partnered with Huggies to produce a late-night talk show for moms, by moms called “Up Early Tonight.” The show’s format includes monologues, a panel, and parodies geared toward giving 2020 moms relatable comic relief. The show will stream on Hulu on Thursday, December 17, with four 20-minute episodes. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tea is sure to be spilled during the three-part season five reunion of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of the Potomac,” starting Sunday, December 13 at 9:15p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central’s “Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last-Minute Pandemic Holiday Special” delivered 1.8 million viewers for its November 27 premiere. Across five telecasts over the weekend, the show drew 4.2 million total viewers, ranking as cable’s second most-watched prime time comedy of the year in Nielsen Live+3 numbers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery ended November on a high note, with “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America,” “Gold Rush, Gold Rush: White Water,” and “Alaska: The Last Frontier” all hitting season-to-date highs during the week of November 23 in Nielsen Live+3 data. For November, Discovery sib HGTV was the #2 non-news/sports cable network in Prime for P2+ total viewers (+8% delivery growth year-over-year), fueled by “Flip or Flop,” which was a the #8 cable series for the month (1.9 million P2+, 2 t/c min).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network ranked as the #1 non-news/sports cable network among P18-49 in Total Day during November in Live+3, driven by double-digit increases for M18-49 in both Prime (+16%) and Total Day (+21%). November’s performance was fueled by new and returning seasonal content, most notably “Holiday Baking Championship” and “Candy Land.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Veteran entertainment reporter David Sheehan died December 1 from complications of a stroke. He was 82. Sheehan was the first entertainment interviewer on local television when he joined LA’s KCBS-TV in 1970, going on to produce specials like “Macho Men at the Movies,” and “Holiday Movie Magic.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor David Lander died December 4 from complications related to multiple sclerosis. He was 73. Lander was best known to TV audiences for his role as Squiggy on “Laverne & Shirley.” Tweeted John Stamos, “He made me and so many laugh.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Croods: A New Age – $4.4 million
Half Brothers – $720K
Freaky – $460K
All My Life – $350K
The War with Grandpa – $329.4K
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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